Saturday, November 23, 2019

Courtyard by Marriott Hotel Opens in Baltimore, MD

Janis Milham

BALTIMORE, MD–– Courtyard by Marriott Baltimore Downtown/McHenry Row has opened its doors in Baltimore, Maryland this November.

 Featuring an innovative lobby space as well as Courtyard’s latest contemporary room design, the new hotel provides flexibility and choices that allow guests to optimize and elevate their travel experience. 

“From day one, Courtyard has prided itself as a brand that listens to business travelers,” said Janis Milham, senior vice president and global brand leader, classic select brands.

“Today’s technology has changed how people travel. Our guests want a room that has purpose and flexibility that enables a seamless transition between relaxing and working. Courtyard is designed to offer them a relaxing and functional space to work the way they want to, when they want to.”

Plato Ghinos

Located at 1803 Porter Street, the 126-room hotel will operate as a Marriott franchise, owned by a joint venture comprised of Pa.-based Shaner Hotel Group and Kinsley Group and managed by Shaner Hotel Group.

“This marks the twelfth Courtyard by Marriott we’ve added to our growing portfolio of well-branded hotels in strong markets nationwide with high barriers to new growth,” said Plato Ghinos, president, Shaner Hotels. 

“Marriott continues to do a phenomenal job tweaking its hotel products to meet the needs and demands of today’s travelers, and we believe these latest design initiatives will increase both guest satisfaction scores and bottom-line profitability. 

"Following its ramp-up period, we are confident the Courtyard by Marriott Baltimore Downtown/McHenry Row will quickly take its place as the market leader.”

The nine-story hotel features a well-equipped fitness center, guest laundry and offers 1,200 square feet of meeting space to accommodate functions of up to 80 people.

To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit MarriottBonvoy.comFor more information or reservations, visit, become a fan on Facebook or follow @CourtyardHotels on Twitter and Instagram.


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New and Established Businesses Locate at Brio Business Center in Sanford, FL as NAI Realvest Completes New Leases

George Viele 

Sanford, FL and Orlando, FL  – NAI Realvest, based in Orlando and one of the leading providers of real estate services in Florida, recently closed on four new leases totaling 7,170 rentable square feet of flex space in the Brio Business Center on W. Airport Blvd. in Sanford . 

 NAI Realvest Associate George Viele negotiated the transactions representing the landlord, Winter Park-based Brio, LLC. 
·        Affinity Waste Solutions, Inc. leased 2,000 square feet.  The family owned firm, a veteran operated statewide organization relocated from Oviedo .

·        AC Depot LLC, which sells new A/C systems and components, leased 1,840 square feet and ME & BA Enterprise LLC, providing Internet sales of cosmetics and other products  leased 1,680 square feet. 

·        Kempke’s Music Services, Inc. specializing in music technology and equipment for churches and schools leased 1,650 square feet.    David Hammett of CRE Advisors represented Kempke’s Music.


George Viele, Associate, NAI Realvest

Patrick Mahoney, President/CEO, NAI Realvest

Beth Payan, Larry Vershel Communications
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Five Guys Burgers and Fries Leases Strategic Corner at 100 Lincoln Road in Miami Beach, FL

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Miami Beach, FL– JLL and Newmark Knight Frank (NKF) announce they arranged a 4,020-square-foot lease that will bring Five Guys Burgers and Fries (Five Guys) to 100 Lincoln Road, one of the most visible retail corridors in Miami Beach’s premier shopping corridor. 

The footprint of the new Five Guys’ location will be significantly larger than the franchise’s average 2,500 square feet, which is a nod to 100 Lincoln Road’s ideal location at the intersection of Lincoln Road and Collins Avenue, South Beach’s busiest corner.

John Ellis
 NKF Managing Director, John Ellis, and NKF Associate, Aaron Labovitz, represented Five Guys in the lease. JLL Senior Vice President and Retail Lead for South Florida, Zach Winkler, and JLL Senior Associate, Jonathan Rosen, represented the landlord,

The Nightingale Group, in the lease negotiations. The Nightingale Group portfolio holdings currently span more than 11 million square feet of office and retail commercial space under management across 22 states.

Aaron Labovitz,
 Founded in 1986, Five Guys is a family-owned fast casual restaurant franchise specializing in made-to-order hamburgers, hot dogs and French fries using fresh ingredients. 

The brand has expanded to over 1,600 stores spanning 19 countries.

 “Five Guys was looking to expand its presence on South Beach and was specifically seeking out a hard corner opportunity,” said NKF’s Labovitz.

Zach Winkler
“What attracted the tenant to 100 Lincoln Road was its ability to draw traffic from two of the busiest streets in a world-famous destination with customers being able to walk right off the beach and into the restaurant.”

 Lincoln Road is among South Florida’s top three attractions. The mile-long pedestrian mall, featuring outdoor shopping, dining, arts and culture and entertainment, annually attracts more than 11 million visitors from around the world.

Its status as one the most iconic cultural and commercial pedestrian roads in the U.S. was recognized by its inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places in 2011.

 “Food and beverage establishments are key market drivers for retail right now,” said JLL’s Winkler. “100 Lincoln anchors the east end of Lincoln Road and sits just across the street from South Beach’s most world-renowned hotels and beaches.

Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL

"The building is strategically placed to capitalize on Lincoln Road’s pedestrian traffic, as well as heavy vehicular traffic along Collins Avenue, and is an ideal corner for the Five Guys franchise.”

Nick Banaszak
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Atlanta, GA 30309
M: 256-457-5384

M/I Homes Starts Pre Sales at Dean’s Crossing at Little Econ in East Orlando; New Model Underway

Dean’s Crossing at Little Econ located just off Dean Road and Curry Ford Road, East Orange County, Orlando, FL

ORLANDO, FL – M/I Homes started presales in November of single-family homes priced from the high $200s at Dean’s Crossing at Little Econ located just off Dean Road and Curry Ford Rd.

David Byrnes, area president, said the homebuilder also started construction on a model home at the new community, an enclave of 51 homesites.  Many of the 40-foot homesites back up to a pond or wetlands. 

David Byrnes
The two-story Halifax model home with five bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths, offers a spacious island kitchen that serves a large great room and dining room.  Other notable features are a ground floor flex room and a second floor loft.

Five distinct floor plans with ample variations and options range from 1,610 to over 2,888 square feet of living space and come with M/I’s EnergyStar® Certification standards and a 15-year structural warranty.

Amenities include a tot lot, walking trails and close proximity to the Little Econ River offering river related activities. Surrounded by well established neighborhoods and just minutes from SR 417 and SR 408, Dean’s Crossing at Little Econ offers an Orlando address in an unincorporated section of East Orange County .

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David Byrnes, Area President, M/I Homes, 407-531-5100 or

Beth Payan, Larry Vershel Communications Inc., 407-644-4142 or

Ware Malcomb Hires Justin C. Scheitler to Lead Land Surveying Group

Justin C. Scheitler

DENVER, CO – Ware Malcomb, an award-winning international design firm, today announced Justin C. Scheitler has joined the firm as Land Surveying Manager in the Denver Civil Engineering office. In this position, Scheitler leads and manages Ware Malcomb’s Land Surveying Group for clients across Colorado.  

Ware Malcomb has provided surveying services for clients in the past, and the strategic hire of Scheitler will provide a comprehensive and consistent approach and grow the firm’s land surveying services.   

Services provided by Ware Malcomb’s Land Surveying Group include ALTA surveys, subdivision platting, design surveys, and topographic surveys, among others. The firm’s land surveying projects range in size from a few acres to thousands of acres. 

The seamless integration between Ware Malcomb’s land surveying services and the in-house civil engineering and architecture teams provides cost-savings and efficiency benefits to clients.

“We are thrilled to have Justin join our Ware Malcomb team to lead the land surveying group,” said Tom Jansen, Principal of Ware Malcomb’s Civil Engineering Group. “He has already hit the ground running to provide extraordinary value and input to our work, and we look forward to his continued contributions in the years ahead.”

Tom Jansen
 “We are excited to strengthen our land surveying services as part of an integrated approach that increases the accuracy, quality, and efficiency of every project,” added Jansen. “Our team members utilize the latest in surveying technology to provide increased productivity and timely results for our clients.”

Scheitler is a Professional Land Surveyor, licensed in the State of Colorado, with over 14 years of experience in the profession. His previous surveying experience includes commercial, residential, railroad, drainage and bathymetric surveys and construction surveys. 

He holds an Associate of Applied Science in Land Surveying from the Denver Institute of Technology/Westwood College. He is a member of the Professional Land Surveyors of Colorado Central Chapter, the Western Federation of Professional Surveyors and The National Society of Professional Surveyors.


Rachel Devany
VP Public Relations
 KCOMM for Ware Malcomb

Maria Rodgers, Public Relations Manager, 949.660.9128,

Maureen Bissonnette, Associate Principal,

Marketing, 949.660.9128,

Sally Haas Colbert of Illustrated Properties Wellington Closes $6.3 Million Sale of Equestrian Estate in Saddle Trail Community in Wellington, FL

Sally Haas Colbert

PALM BEACH, Fla. | Nov. 22, 2019 – Sally Haas Colbert of Illustrated Properties Wellington successfully completed the $6.3 million sale of an equestrian estate in Wellington’s Saddle Trail community. Illustrated is a member of The Keyes Family of Companies.

Colbert represented the buyer in the all-cash transaction, which closed on Nov. 15.

Located on 4.1 acres at 14471 Equestrian Way, the property has direct bridle path access to the horse show grounds. It includes a five-bedroom residence built in 2006 with a chef’s kitchen, impact glass windows and three different living areas to accommodate multi-generational occupants. 

The property also features a brand-new pool; 15-stall center aisle barn complete with five grooming stalls, two tack rooms, office and a one-bedroom apartment; a 160’ x 210’ arena; 115’ x 140’ grass jump field; six-horse KRAFT walker and six large paddocks.

Beth Congel sold the property to Eclypse Holdings, LLC.

Mike Pappas
“We congratulate Sally for helping her client find an ideal estate for an equestrian enthusiast,” Illustrated President and CEO Mike Pappas said. “At Illustrated, we are fortunate to have a Wellington team of sales associates who provide unparalleled service to buyers and sellers throughout the village.”

Colbert is also representing the buyer of 14471 Equestrian Way in the sale of a nearby Wellington property that is under contract.

“It was a privilege to represent the buyer of this one-of-a-kind property,” Colbert said. “I am proud to be part of Illustrated’s Wellington team, which successfully leverages the technology, marketing and infrastructure of our Family of Companies to produce incredible results for our clients.”

David Welles

David Welles of Equestrian Sotheby’s was the listing agent in the transaction.

Earlier this year, Illustrated was named the 2018 Member of the Year by Luxury Portfolio International®, the luxury marketing division of preeminent global network Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, one of the luxury real estate industry’s most coveted awards. 

Keyes and Illustrated control more than 20 percent of the $1 million-plus market in northern Palm Beach County.

Eric Kalis
Vice President, BoardroomPR
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